Last week two startup weekends were held here in Iran. I have the opportunity to attend in one of these events as press. First Zanjan Startup Weekend were being held in Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences.
Nick Stevens as a Facilitator started the event by introducing startup weekend to all attendees. After 31 pitches, 12 ideas got selected and 10 teams gathered to start “No talk, all action”.
Nick’s presence was a great opportunity to all attendees, mentor, staff and also the liveblog team. By his advice, all teams got out of the building and evaluate their ideas.
Friday afternoon we had the presentation and judging session. Every team had 5 minutes to present their work and 3 minutes to answer the questions. GiftMan, Brown Ground and DarooYar win this battle, but as you know all the attendees are winners if they use what they’ve learn in their real business.
I had the honor to interview Mr. Koorangi Founder at MPS, the first Incubator for supporting technological business here in Iran. This event as the first startup weekend he attended attracted his attention. He said that he has seen obvious change past 3 years he has got back Iran. Although there is some problems, the startup ecosystem is in progress.
Entrepreneurship is a case that should be reviewed and he taught some investors are paying attention to Middle East and Iran since the problems are the same all over the world. Problems such as traffic, shopping, library and entertainment are the same in Iran and San Francisco or France as well. Because of these similarities the strategies and methods should be global. So, we should solve a problem by whole and as Iran is part of the whole, the problem will got solved.
We have so many creative young people here who could solve the problems but they need support and some tools. The main tool is fund.
He also mentioned about the importance of investors. As you know, Mark Zuckerberg had enough investors so he could launched facebook. The idea itself could not guaranteed success and fund is important as well.
He answered the last question about localization the successful startups around the world. He said that most people are afraid of foreign investors and they say foreigners has got the market and we cannot compete. This idea is wrong, if you have a strategy you can work as well and attract the investors. And this would be a positive act when a foreign company buy internal companies. So think global and act local.